Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education will meet Friday morning to discuss the contract of recently suspended Superintendent Clayton Wilcox.

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox

Updated at 12:45 p.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox was suspended after meeting with school board leaders this morning.

It's been a stressful time for a lot of North Carolina students this week as they finished taking their end-of-year tests. It's also stressful for teachers and school administrators because how kids do on these tests determine the A to F grades given to schools. There's a lot of outcry that the current school grading system is unfair. But lawmakers have been unable to settle on a new system. 

In Part 1 of "Making the Grade," we looked at the imperfect system used to assign letter grades to North Carolina schools. In Part 2, we examined "growth scores," which are seen by some as a better way of evaluating schools and teacher quality. In this article, we look at how CMS aims to close opportunity and achievement gaps that are reflected in the grades given to schools.

In Part 1 of "Making the Grade," we looked at the imperfect system used to assign letter grades to North Carolina schools. In Part 2, we examine "growth scores," which are seen by some as a better way of evaluating schools and teacher quality.

The school year is almost over, but there's uncertainty hanging over every public school in North Carolina. School letter grades, which influence where parents buy homes or send their kids to school, are on the minds of educators as lawmakers in Raleigh grapple with a grading system that has never quite worked as planned.

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After nearly a year of meetings and discussions, Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members are still trying to hammer out an equity policy for the district. It would direct district officials in addressing achievement gaps between whites and students of color and other educational disparities stemming from racial and economic factors.

drinking fountain

Testing at more Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools found unsafe levels of lead in drinking water at three more district schools.

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The latest numbers on the racial breakdown of students attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools show little change since last year, with no major shifts at individual schools.

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox with CMPD chief Kerr Putney.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox unveiled new plans to make schools safer with extra security measures that will include the random wanding of students and backpack searches.

Police cars are stationed outside of Butler High School after a shooting Monday morning.

Students will return to classes Thursday at Butler High School.

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As districts like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools look for ways to close student achievement gaps, they are trying to make sure that each student has access to a quality in-school education. But research shows that what’s offered out of school for students is just as important as what’s taught in school.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Power has been restored to Albemarle Road Middle School, which was closed on Wednesday due to a power outage.

Timisha Barnes-Jones, principal of West Charlotte High School.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Timisha Barnes-Jones, principal of West Charlotte High School, was named 2018 principal of the year for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district in a surprise ceremony Tuesday.

Charles Jeter

Republicans don’t care much that Charles Jeter is now a lobbyist. Ex-Legislators do that all the time. But some have been surprised at the gusto for which Jeter now lobbies for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools when he was once aligned with the GOP on education issues, like charter schools.

CMS plans to add video surveillance focused on mobile classrooms like these.

CMS has been installing new digital video surveillance systems, additional door locks and some fencing around several schools. It’s part of the first phase of a security plan CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox laid out to county commissioners last night.

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As the Charlotte population steadily grows and becomes more diverse, so do the students that attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The achievement gap that exists for English language learners, minority students and low-income students has also grown and has become apparent within the school system. To address the gap, some CMS schools have turned to dual language programs and have found success.

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Sobering is how Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox described the district’s student test scores and graduation rate for last year. 

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With the first day of school less than two weeks away, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials still need to hire more than 100 teachers and bus drivers. 

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Hopewell High School Principal John Dino Gisiano has been suspended with pay, and an interim principal will be named soon as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials conduct an inquiry involving Gisiano.